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Black Pilgrimage to Islam$
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Robert Dannin

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195300246

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195300246.001.0001

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(p.2) (p.3) Introduction
Black Pilgrimage to Islam

Robert Dannin

Oxford University Press

The journey taken by African-American Muslims and how they persisted in situations of slavery is often ignored as a significant element of American history. Testimonies and narratives about such accounts, as the author observes, can be compared to “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” because they share certain themes regarding symbolic death and rebirth, sacrifice, heroism, redemption, and other such concepts. Also, we observe how this literature entails descriptions about slavery and how this can therefore serve as a template wherein believers may be able to associate his or her own experiences of conversion and functioning. This ethnography examines how the Muslims were considered the “home team” and, through photos, interviews, and other such documentary evidence, we look into contemporary religious practices and issues that may have greatly influenced the Muslims’ social transformation.

Keywords:   African-American Muslims, American history, The Autobiography of Malcolm X, slavery, ethnography, documentary evidence, social transformation

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